Considering it’s December and the Mayan apocalypse is fast upon us–sigh–I thought it would be a good time to reflect upon the past year. I’m not sure how it went by so fast (maybe because I keep getting older) but I swear it just started last week! I’ve certainly noticed that my kids keep getting older, smarter, and already think they know everything. Fortunately, my wife keeps getting younger [insert brownie points here]. Regrettably, I do feel like we’re nearing harder times in life; I’m no Nostradamus but I do listen to people far smarter than I am and they keep saying “Get Prepared!” So I keep trying.
When it comes to prepping it’s usually about what I could have done more or better so let’s get some of that out of the way now… In 2012:
- I didn’t purchase an IBC tote or two for water storage like I wanted. While we have a few 55-gallon barrels of water storage that’s not nearly enough. Besides, I don’t currently have dedicated setup to capture rainwater either.
- I wanted to stockpile some non-hybrid garden seeds from aaoobfoods.com but never “pulled the trigger” to buy any. My next plan was to buy out the local dollar store (because I heard they had seed packets on sale a while back) but I missed that opportunity too.
- I wish I had purchased some body armor that I had my eye on but I figured if I was going to buy body armor then I should make sure it was good quality (which I can’t currently afford) so that’s on the back burner too… till… who knows when.
- I also wanted to add to my firearms preps but that’s yet another expensive–yet necessary–area I’m sorely lacking.
- I never converted any neighbors to prepping.
- I didn’t buy any additional firewood for the winter (even though we have some).
- I didn’t expand our solar panel system to power more small DC equipment.
- I haven’t participated in a local Red Cross first aid class.
On the other hand and in response to the above list (item by item)… I did:
- Bolster our ability to filter water using a variety of water filters, such as the Berkey system, Sawyer in-line, and others.
- Visited our local LDS cannery and added to our bulk foods (but never quite where I want to be).
- I researched makeshift body armor as a potential alternative… uhm, don’t bother with that!
- Learn more about firearms and what I want from them (I’m still new to this area of prepping) and hit the range a few times recently.
- Breach the walls (somehow) of important friends and family regarding prepping.
- Add alternative heating and warmth such as a propane space heater, better sleeping bags, etc.
- Learn I had more lighting options than I realized (still need more fuel to power them) and even came up with an expedient DC lighting system too.
- Add to our medical preps (such as bulk gauze) and bought The Survival Medicine Handbook and other references.
Other things I’ve done right (in my opinion) this year:
- I finally finalized our bug out plans, even though my overriding desire is to shelter in place.
- I learned how to use a sun oven, build one, and even how to use the sun for a variety of other things such as passive heating.
- I re-organized our preps in a way that makes more sense to me, purged items from our bug out bags, and added items to our vehicle kit.
- I got our computer-related preps in order with things like a NAS, backup external drive, jump drives, and Google Docs.
- I started this blog! And gained some good friends, readers, and co-workers (er, other bloggers).
That’s just off the top of my head. I guess now that I look back I didn’t do so bad. Sure, many people can and do a lot more but this is what I could do. What about you? What did you wish you could have done better? More importantly, what did you do well?